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Shark Cage Diving Durban


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Explore the Aliwal Shoal reef and get a close-up look at stunning blacktip sharks. You can enjoy this underwater haven just off the South Coast of KZN on a trip you’ll never forget.


  • Boat ride to Aliwal Shoal
  • See blacktip sharks up close
  • Snorkel in the Indian Ocean
  • Exit the cage for open water snorkelling

Know before you book

  • Minimum age is 7 years old
  • Minimum of 2 people per booking
  • You don’t have to know how to swim (if you remain in the cage)

Experience the underwater paradise of Aliwal Shoal, famous for the many shark species you can spot there. The gorgeous reef on the South Coast is the ideal place to visit for shark cage diving in KZN. If you’re looking for the perfect ocean adventure, this is the tour for you.

Wave breaking off coast

After an early morning hot drink and safety briefing, your group will hop on a boat off the coast of Scottburgh (just 40 minutes outside of Durban central), and head for the reef. Following safety checks, the organisers will chum the water and then you wait. After a few minutes, blacktip sharks will arrive and you can usually experience 10 to 30 sharks swimming around the cage.

Blacktips are found in warm coastal waters around the world and are considered to be one of the most beautiful sharks to see on a diving expedition. An experienced shark guide will accompany you at all times, and provide the group with information about shark behaviour and conservation.

Blacktip sharks are near threatened as they are a delicacy in many countries and breed much slower than other sharks.

The sharks are seen all year round at the Aliwal Shoal. They are quite social sharks and usually live in larger groups. However, blacktip sharks are easily spooked so it’s good to be quite gentle in your movements. The sharks can also put on quite a stunning show when they leap above the water, rotate several times, and splash back into the ocean on their backs.

Blacktip shark swimming

While seeing the sharks from inside the cage is spectacular, more adventurous travellers often choose to leave the cage and snorkel amongst the sharks. You will be fitted with a pair of fins and can then swim freely.

Every second of your Aliwal Shoal adventure is captured by a videographer. After you return from the dive, your group can enjoy a picnic while you view the expedition video, which can be bought at an extra cost.

For the ultimate shark diving Durban experience, this tour checks all the boxes. You can enjoy the stunning locals of Aliwal Shoal on their own turf, which guarantees to be an unbelievable adventure.

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Value for money
  • Ocean boat ride
  • Informative guide
  • Amazing dive on the Aliwal Shoal
  • See stunning black tip sharks
  • Enjoy a private tour
  • Open to everyone over the age of 7
  • You don’t have to be a strong swimmer
  • Doesn’t include video cost

Specification: Shark Cage Diving Durban


Not wheelchair accessible

Departure time

06h00 (depending on conditions and your availability)


3 hours


Minimum of 2 people per booking and a maximum of 6 people in the cage.


Light refreshments (snacks, beverages, coffee/tea), Live commentary on the boat, Professional guide, Safety instruction, Shark cage dive/snorkelling, Use of all equipment (wetsuit, mask, snorkel, life jacket)


Accommodation pick-up/drop-off (can be arranged), Gratuities, Souvenir video and photographs (purchase for R250 per group)

Meals & Drinks

Light snacks included

Suitable For

Adventurous travellers, Ocean lovers

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